Your Dollars at Work
Money given to a United Methodist Church not only supports the ministry of that local church, it also enables ministry around the world. The Rio Texas Annual Conference has five different categories for apportioned funds given through the local church. Click on the link below to learn about those categories and how your giving is put to work.
Ministerial Support supplies effective spiritual and administrative leadership to local churches and the world.
District Superintendent - Chief Missional Strategist
In our local churches, approximately half of our local giving pays for salaries and benefits of the pastors and lay employees of the church. Salaries are not overhead to the church, but are the way that we do ministry.
Local church salaries are made much more effective by the money given to this apportioned item. The Bishop and Cabinet work closely with churches to ensure they have the best clergy leadership possible, and to intervene when necessary to solve problems that could otherwise become destructive.
Whenever a need arises in the local church, the District Superintendent and Bishop provide guidance and leadership. For example, if a pastor becomes disabled and is unable to provide leadership, the District Superintendent and Bishop arrange for the pastor to access disability benefits and provide temporary pastoral leadership.
The seven districts of the Rio Texas Annual Conference are diverse geographically, sometimes blanketing hundreds of square miles. District Superintendents travel their areas constantly, providing leadership and guidance to build effective and vital churches.
Moving Expenses & Equitable Compensation
Each year, and average of 1/2 of our pastors move from one church to another, and the cost of moving is provided through the moving fund supported by this apportionment.
Some churches may need assistance paying their pastor. These churches may need 2-3 years before becoming a self-supporting church again. The equitable compensation funds supplied through this apportionment subsidize the ministry in the church while it is moving toward self-sufficiency.